Improving access to health care among New Zealand's Maori population.


Ellison-Loschmann, L; Pearce, N; (2006) Improving access to health care among New Zealand's Maori population. American journal of public health, 96 (4). pp. 612-7. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2005.070680

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Abstract

The health status of indigenous peoples worldwide varies according to their unique historical, political, and social circumstances. Disparities in health between Maoris and non-Maoris have been evident for all of the colonial history of New Zealand. Explanations for these differences involve a complex mix of components associated with socioeconomic and lifestyle factors, availability of health care, and discrimination. Improving access to care is critical to addressing health disparities, and increasing evidence suggests that Maoris and non-Maoris differ in terms of access to primary and secondary health care services. We use 2 approaches to health service development to demonstrate how Maori-led initiatives are seeking to improve access to and quality of health care for Maoris.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 16507721
Web of Science ID: 236429200015
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503

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